Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday Message

"We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. I am speaking now of food to cover basic needs. . .I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all. . .Begin in a small way, … and gradually build toward a reasonable objective." (President Gordon B. Hinckley)

As you get groceries just pick up a few extra each time, you will be surprised at how fast it will add up. I like to have some canned soups on hand for when I am not feeling well they will be an easy fix.

I know that Covid-19 is hard on everyone. We never saw it come and once it did we never thought it would be such a long time. The people who know have said it could still be quite a while. So we should plan on that If it isn't, we can do a happy dance but we should still be prepared.

Start winterizing! I was going to wait a week to pick everything from the garden but with the rainy and colder temps coming I decided to do it now. For having a garden flattened in the derecho there was still a lot I gathered. We also disconnected the hose. Time to button things up for winter!

If you know someone having a hard time dealing with how we now have to stay safe, winter will make it feel even more intense staying safe, so reach out by email with a positive note like “thinking of you today.” Play scrabble online or pick a free book online at and send the link to that person so you can read it together and then email back and forth about the book. Or if you know this person likes to crochet or knit or even sew send a link to a free pattern online. If this person likes to cook, send a recipe that is your favorite. - here are ideas that you might not have thought of. - some ideas here - more ideas - more ideas  - ideas

You can see if we have to be home, make it comfortable.

Missy has a huge head start as you can see.

They mentioned sitting by the fireplace and finding cozy things. If you have a fireplace you don't use or even no fireplace you can set a grouping of candles on a safe surface, it gives the feeling of the glow of a fireplace, you can even get flickering candles from dollar stores to be even safer if you have littles or curious pets.

So as we head into winter or any season, these ideas will help us to make staying home a wonderful thing.  Of course, pick out the ideas that you could safely do while we are still in pandemic. Also, share any ideas you choose with us in the comments.

Gus said be sure to wear your masks and social distance and wash your hands or paws!


  1. Those are lovely ideas! I am watching some YouTube videos to relearn the 2 basic knitting stitches I learned many years ago. My first goal is to make dishcloths. I also broke out the stash of cards and am starting to send those out to people we haven't seen in a while just to say hi.

    1. Great job yes it looks like things will be getting worse with virus so get ready to hunker down. The knitting will come back to you like riding a bike

    2. saw this on the knitting group today it may help you with remembering the knit stitches

  2. Last winter we bought an electric fireplace insert for our unused fireplace for around $40. I has an LED lightbulb and does not put out heat so it costs nearly nothing to have it n all day but it sure does make our space feel cozy and warmer. We wish we had done it sooner!


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